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Masks are one of the most universal cultural objects, being present in peoples and nations of the five continents. As one of their most archaic artistic and religious manifestations, masks have accompanied human beings for millennia. Wherever one looks, in primitive or elevated cultures, tribal peoples or great empires, masks are a global cultural phenomenon created by human ingenuity for a series of religious activities.
Yunnan province is home to the largest number of national minorities in China,
including minorities from many different backgrounds, it is not surprising that
the Yunnan Nationalities Museum's collection of masks is one of the richest and
most varied of China.
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